With lots of hidden vegetables, lean ground turkey, and plenty of seasoning, these ground turkey sloppy joes are a healthier sloppy joe recipe you’ll want to enjoy again and again. Plus, they’re on the table in not much more than 30 minutes!
Today I’m sharing another easy ground turkey recipe with you.
Hubby and I love these ground turkey sloppy joes. They’re unbelievably simple to whip up and are so delicious.
What I especially love about these bad boys is they have hidden veggies! You get an extra dose of goodness from shredded zucchini and carrot. So for those picky eaters, you could sneak some extra nutrition. How cool is that?
Ground turkey is not only relatively budget friendly, but it’s also lean and super tasty!
I tested out these ground turkey sloppy joes a whole bunch of times and now I’m so happy to be sharing with you.
Why We Love These Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes
- They’re made with a leaner protein than the ground beef version.
- This recipe is made in one pot for easy cleanup.
- They sneak in veggies for extra nutrition.
- The recipe can easily be doubled to feed a crowd.
- They taste delicious!
How To Make These Healthier Sloppy Joes
Full details on how to make these sloppy joes are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
In a skillet, cook onion and garlic in a little olive oil until softened a little. Add bell pepper, carrot and zucchini and cook just a little.
Add ground turkey, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook turkey until fully cooked through.
Pour in tomato paste, tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, and water and simmer for a little until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
Pile the ground turkey sloppy joe mixture onto buns and garnish to your heart’s content!
Can I Make These Low Carb?
For sure! If you want low carb sloppy joes, nix the bun and go for lettuce wraps. Boston lettuce works great here!
- Coleslaw or shredded cabbage
- Sliced pickle
- Pickled red onion or thinly sliced raw onion
- Pickled hot peppers or thinly sliced fresh peppers
What To Serve With Sloppy Joes
Any of these sides would be delicious served with sloppy joes:
- Fries or potato wedges
- Pesto potatoes
- Side salad
- Roasted broccoli
- Potato salad
- Potato chips
- Tomato soup
Tips and Variations
- I prefer things not too loose or saucy, but if you want a looser consistency, simply add more water and reduce to your desired consistency.
- For an added kick, mix in more chili flakes.
- Don’t have balsamic vinegar? Mix in some cider vinegar instead.
- If you don’t happen to have zucchini on hand (or prefer not to use), simply replace it with more carrot.
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Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, peeled and minced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bell pepper, cut into small dice
- 1 carrot, peeled and grated or shredded (about 1 cup)
- 1 zucchini, shredded (about 1.5 cups)
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 (14-ounce) can tomato sauce, 1 ¾ cups
- 2 to 3 tablespoons BBQ sauce
- ¼ cup water
- 6 burger buns
- Heat olive oil in a 12-inch heavy-bottomed sauté pan over medium heat, then add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until onion has softened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add bell pepper, carrot and zucchini. Cook, stirring often, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- To veggie mixture, add ground turkey, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, chili powder, paprika, salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir to combine everything. Cook turkey, breaking it into small pieces and stirring occasionally, until it's fully cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Once turkey is cooked, stir in tomato paste, tomato sauce, BBQ sauce and ¼ cup of water (rinse out your can of tomatoes). Simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes or until you've reached your desired consistency.
- To serve, portion the sloppy joe mixture onto buns and garnish (if desired) with your favourite sloppy joe toppings or enjoy as is.
Nutrition (ESTIMATE ONLY)
Nutrition estimate (if provided) is based on 1 Serving.
Nutrition information (if provided) is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an estimate only. Ingredients can vary and Girl Heart Food makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are guidelines only.
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